Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Paugussett State Forest, Newtown, CT

June 8, 2014

Miles: 5.8
Time:  3 hours 37 minutes

Year to date miles:  175.8

Parking: Hanover Road, Newtown, CT. Room for around 5 cars. There are 2 other parking areas for this hike with room for more cars.

Rest rooms: None

Hike directions: Look for trailhead sign on right side of the parking area. At the beginning, there are no blazes. Just keep hugging the water to your left, and eventually you will come to blue blazes for the Lillinonah Trail. Turn left, and follow the blue blazes in a loop.

Map: Connecticut Walk Book West

Hike description:
Parts of the trail are closed from December 15th  through March 15th due to it being a nesting area for bald eagles. Once you find the blue blazes, the trail is very easy to follow. There are unmarked side trails, but the trail itself is well blazed. There are yellow blazes as well, which we ignored, but seemed to go all around the loop as well. This trail is near water a lot of the time - Pond Brook, Lake Lillinonah, Shepaug River, and the Housatonic River. There were a ton of motor boats. So, probably not the cleanest water for swimming the dogs, however people were fishing and kayaking in the water. It was noisy due to all of the motor boats. The trail itself was surprisingly nice for being in such a suburban area. It was hot & buggy today, so not a lot of photos, but we did enjoy this hike.

Follow the light blue blazes around the loop

Good place for a swim on a hot day

Part of the trail is closed in the winter due to it being an eagle nesting area.

Part of this hike had lots of ugly blue tubing.
It turns out it is for transporting sap for making maple syrup.

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